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11:40 AM ET, August 7, 2014


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Robert Draper / New York Times:
Has the ‘Libertarian Moment’ Finally Arrived?  —  “Let's say Ron Paul is Nirvana,” said Kennedy, the television personality and former MTV host, by way of explaining the sort of politician who excites libertarians like herself.  “Like, the coolest, most amazing thing to come along in years …
James Hohmann / Politico:
The woman who could beat Scott Walker  —  Part of an occasional series on the hottest races of the 2014 midterm election.  —  VIROQUA, Wis. — Mary Burke might be the last candidate you'd expect to potentially topple one of the Republican Party's leading governors and upend the 2016 presidential field.
Discussion: Washington Post
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
URGENT: Democratic emails a fundraising bonanza  —  House Democrats have their email fundraising down to a science: Cast Speaker John Boehner as the leading villain, use President Barack Obama's signature (but sparingly) and don't hesitate to go ALL CAPS with a subject line like this: “BREAKING: IMPEACHMENT.”
Discussion: Washington Post
Yahoo! News:   The scourge of small-money politics Yahoo News 37 mins ago Matt Bai
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Dems talk about impeachment 20 times as much as Republicans
Discussion: Hot Air
CBS News:
Americans' views of Obama, Congress, political parties: Gloomy  —  Shares -  —  Americans' views of both political parties are negative and nearly match historic lows, a new CBS News poll reveals.  —  Just 29 percent of Americans have a favorable view of the Republican Party …
Janet Hook / Wall Street Journal:
Bipartisanship at Last: Poll Shows a Coalition of the Gloomy  —  Who says bipartisanship is dead?  People in both parties seem to agree on this grim view: A key pillar of the American dream is crumbling.  —  This week's Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found that a commanding majority of people …
Discussion: Daily Surge and Daily Kos
Steve Kraskethe / Kansas City Star:
Local Kansas GOP official: ‘Offending Muslims is the duty of any civilized person.  Especially with a .45.’  —  Gavin Ellzey, the vice chairman of the Kansas Republican 3rd Congressional District Committee, advised on Twitter in early July that “offending Muslims is the duty of any civilized person.”
Jenna Portnoy / Washington Post:
Va. GOP official resigns after controversial Facebook post  —  A Virginia GOP official who posted a message on his Facebook page that questioned whether Muslim Americans have made positive contributions to U.S. society has resigned.  —  Bob FitzSimmonds, treasurer of the state Republican Party …
Ann Coulter / Official:
EBOLA DOC'S CONDITION DOWNGRADED TO ‘IDIOTIC’  —  I wonder how the Ebola doctor feels now that his humanitarian trip has cost a Christian charity much more than any services he rendered.  —  What was the point?  —  Whatever good Dr. Kent Brantly did in Liberia has now been overwhelmed …
Howie Carr / Boston Herald:
John Kerry pedals new Nantucket photo op  —  Photo by:  —  THINK PINK: John Kerry rides a pink girl's bicycle with his dog in tow in the parking lot at Jetties Beach on Nantucket.  Photo courtesy of Nantucket native Lando from his Instagram, Landogramms  —  Has Vladimir Putin seen this photo of John Kerry yet?
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Ezra Klein / Vox:
The irony of Barack Obama's presidency in one sentence  —  TWEET SHARE +1 LINKEDIN EMAIL PRINT  —  Reid Cherlin nails the central irony of Barack Obama's presidency in one sentence: … The 2008 Democratic primary was, as Mark Schmitt wrote, a “theory of change” primary.
Rich Lowry / Politico:
The Callow President  —  “'Stop just hatin' all the time.”  If you haven't been following the news, you might not know whether this bon mot was uttered by a character on the ABC Family show “Pretty Little Liars” or by the president of the United States.  —  Of course, it was the leader …
Terrence McCoy / Washington Post:
The Islamic State's bloody campaign to exterminate minorities: 'Even Genghis Khan didn't do this'  —  In the back of a cavernous hall, standing behind rows of solemn-looking men, an Iraqi politician known for her passion began to shriek.  Her name was Vian Dakhil: the lone representative of the Yazidi people in Iraq's parliament.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama defends executive action  —  President Obama defended his use of executive action on Wednesday, signaling he's willing to take steps on immigration and tax policy if Congress fails to act.  —  Obama vowed to “scour our authorities” seeking opportunities to act “wherever I have the legal authorities to make progress.”
Anchorage Daily News:
GOP Senate candidates mostly bash Begich, Obama and EPA in Fairbanks forum  —  FAIRBANKS — The top three impediments to development in Alaska, according to the three GOP Senate candidates who answered questions at a Chamber of Commerce forum here Wednesday, are as follows:
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Olivia Nuzzi / The Daily Beast:
Rand Paul = Democrats' Enemy #1  —  The senator's broad appeal threatens to weaken Democrats for 2016, and they are going on offense—sending out no less than 10 press releases on his latest trip to Iowa.  —  Democrats fundraise and campaign by exploiting concerns about right-wing extremism.
Discussion: NewsBusters and Washington Post
Sam R. Hall / The Clarion-Ledger:
Miss. Republican Party will not hear McDaniel challenge  —  Interview from Nosef.  —  GOP committee member John Parker comments.  —  Cochran campaign comment.  —  The Mississippi Republican Party has said they will not hear the challenge from Chris McDaniel because state law would not allow …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Corey Robin / Crooked Timber:
Another Anti-Zionist Professor Punished for His Views (Updated)  —  Until two weeks ago, Steven Salaita was heading to a job at the University of Illinois as a professor of American Indian Studies.  He had already resigned from his position at Virginia Tech; everything seemed sewn up.
Michelle Cottle / The Atlantic Online:
Meet the New Rick Perry—Is He the Same as the Old Rick Perry?  —  Many pundits give the Texas governor slim odds in 2016 after his disastrous presidential run in 2012.  Maybe they're missing something.  —  Let's start with the glasses.  You know what I'm talking about: the dark-rimmed …
Discussion: American Prospect
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Primaries show Republican voters wary of Tea Party candidates, skeptical of party establishment  —  KANSAS 2014 ELECTIONS RAND PAUL CAMPAIGNS MICHIGAN JUSTIN AMASH PAT ROBERTS FRED UPTON SAM BROWNBACK  —  The standard thing to say about the various Republican primaries this year …
Discussion: American Spectator
Jessica Elgot / UK - The Huffington Post:
Barack Obama Was The Subject Of A Racist Laser Show At The Moscow Embassy Last Night  —  A racist laser artwork of President Barack Obama swallowing a banana has been projected onto the facade of the US embassy in Moscow, wishing the US leader a ‘happy birthday’.
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
In Reprisal, Russia Imposes Trade Sanctions on the West  —  MOSCOW — Russia announced on Thursday that it was banning the import of a wide range of food and agricultural products from Europe and the United States, among others, responding to Western-imposed sanctions and raising the level …
Snowden granted 3-yr residence permit - lawyer  —  Edward Snowden has received a residence permit in Russia, which is valid for three years, starting on August 1, the former NSA contractor's lawyer announced.  —  “On the first of August he received a three-year residence permit,” lawyer Anatoly Kucherena told reporters.
Discussion: The Hill and The Verge
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Daily Mail:
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Discussion: Politico
Patrick Howley / The Daily Caller:
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Discussion: Fox News and The PJ Tatler
Jacob Fischler / BuzzFeed:
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Discussion: The Daily Caller
Matthew Sparkes / Telegraph:
Wikipedia refuses to delete photo as ‘monkey owns it’
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